Our Vision

As a small hospital, we take pride in developing personal relationships with our clients and their pets. Using the most current knowledge and the cutting edge technology you might expect to find in a much larger hospital, we provide the best possible care in a warm, intimate environment.

Our goal is to build strong, long-lasting relationships with our clients and patients. These relationships, are based on trust, and allow us to tailor our medical approach to meet your needs.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Deanna Androski

Dr. Deanna Androski is a seasoned practitioner with over 23 years of experience. She thoroughly enjoys the full range of general veterinary practice – medicine, surgery, dentistry, and wellness care.  Dr. Androski took on the role of AHOF’s Principle Doctor (Medical Director) in November 2019.

“I feel so blessed to do be able to do this work and lead such an outstanding team.  We have created a cohesive staff that all strive to do their best for each patient in our care.  AHOF is truly a special hospital with experienced veterinarians, dedicated nurses, and strong working relationships with our local specialists.  AHOF has a cozy physical footprint, but is well equipped for high quality, advanced care and that makes for a great place to practice.  More importantly, our clients are amazing – they consistently allow us to partner with them and work together for the common goal of keeping their pets in their best possible health.  Compassionate, straightforward patient care and communication will always be fundamental.  As veterinary medicine makes advances in leaps and bounds, some things stay the same.  It’s the hands-on connection with my patients that make practice rewarding and the person-to-person conversations with their family that I value most.  I am grateful I can simply “be there” for my patients when they need me – during clinic visits and via telemedicine follow-ups or consultations.  I plan to stay in full-time, clinical general practice for the foreseeable future.  I am passionate about this work.”

Dr. Androski lives with her two daughters, a very active cattle dog mix named Rex, an awkward terrier mix named Finnjamin (aka Finji), 4 cats (2 “regular” cats, a Sphynx, and very special cat with a rare congenital disorder), a small yellow lovebird that they fostered (and then adopted) from the Seattle Animal Shelter, a chinchilla (also adopted from the same shelter), and a senior Arabian horse.  As a family they love to ride horses, travel locally, read regularly, and spend time with their many pets. Rex makes sure they visit the dog park often. He has also taught them many lessons on dog behavior, obedience, agility and most importantly patience, love, and more patience…and more love.  Since Dr. Androski focuses solely on dog and cat medicine and surgery, her bird, chinchilla, and horse all have their own species-appropriate vets that manage their care. She is all-too-familiar with how it feels to be on the pet-parent side of the equation when a pet is hurt or sick.

Dr. Allen Matson

From a very young age becoming a veterinarian was the passion of Dr. Allen Matson. He received his DVM from Washington State University in 1985. From 1994 to 2017, Dr. Matson owned a general practice in Woodinville. Shortly after purchasing his own practice, Dr. Matson developed an interest in dentistry and became a boarded veterinary dentist in 2003.

In March 2020 Dr. Matson retired from the general and dental specialty practices but continued to provide assistance to Dr. Androski for her challenging dental cases.

In the summer of 2022, missing the challenges of veterinary medicine as well as the clients and pets, Dr. Matson returned to general practice at AHoF. He finds every day at work exciting and fulfilling.

Dr. Matson lives with his wife Renee, two demanding cats, and one extremely outgoing Alaskan Malamute. Besides walking his dog, riding his bicycle and gardening, he is undertaking the challenge of learning the game of chess.

Dr. Melissa Yanik

Dr. Melissa Yanik received her DVM from Kansas State University in 2001. Becoming a veterinarian was a childhood dream of hers.
She still absolutely loves working with both cats and dogs. Her interests include most aspects of general practice, but she has special interests in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry.

Dr. Yanik lives with her husband, two demanding cats, and one sleepy rescue dog. She loves spending time with friends and family, reading, doing CrossFit, and wake surfing.

Dr. Kristin Kemper

Dr. Kristin Kemper has served as a general practitioner in the Pacific Northwest since graduating from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She loves witnessing and supporting the bond shared between people and their pets, and puts an emphasis on preventative care to help foster long-lasting relationships for her patients and their people. Dr. Kemper enjoys solving the mysteries of internal medicine cases, and is a certified veterinary acupuncturist, providing a wonderful tool for pain relief and other medical conditions. Dr. Kemper enjoys travelling with her family, is an avid reader of fiction and enjoys all the cuisines that the region has to offer. She is currently a volunteer veterinarian for Seattle Veterinary Outreach, a non-profit organization providing veterinary care for unsheltered clients. She shares her home with her husband Tyson, two sons Oliver and Finnian, her senior chihuahua Abuelita, a flock of chickens, and two cats who rule the roost, Hex and Bell.

Dr. Nicole Varallo

Dr. Nicole Varallo grew up on the east coast and attended veterinary school in North Carolina. She has practiced small animal general medicine in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Varallo received specialized training in veterinary acupuncture and has a passion for preventative medicine and geriatric medicine. She loves working with cats and dogs and considers it a privilege to help foster the bond between pets and their people.

Dr. Varallo shares her home with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs- Ralph and Bootsie. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and curling up with a good book.

Meet the Staff

Barb grew up in the Issaquah area and started working in the veterinary field while in high school. After earning degrees from Eastern Washington University in both Business Management and Human Resource Management, she joined the AHoF team in 2003 as a Veterinary Assistant. She claims that working for AHoF has proven to be one of the best and most fulfilling decisions she has made.

Barb currently lives in the Renton Highlands with her husband and five kids, Jake, Aidan, Charlotte, Evelyn, Claira-Jane as well as her three cats, Hibiki, Akashi, Nobushi and her German Shepherd, Nikka. Nikka was rescued after being hit by a car, enduring severe injuries including a spinal fracture at the young age of just six months. After several months of rehab, she was placed for adoption and Barb was eager to give her a second chance at life. She is certainly a cuddle bug and loves to snuggle.

Barb's passion for helping animals is what originally drew her to this profession but working at AHoF and the love of the relationships she has built with our clients is what has kept her here. She feels honored to have a job where she can connect with people through their pets and where she believes in the care and quality of medicine we provide.

Julia’s profound love for all animals started earlier than she can remember. She has never lived without a pet of some sort and can’t imagine what that would be like. Early in high school she knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician after attending a job fair at her school. At that job fair, she learned the scope of practice for a Veterinary Technician is similar to that of a human nurse. It was clear that this profession would be the perfect career for her! She graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program with an Associates Degree in September 2017, and passed her VTNE a few months later. Julia joined the AHoF team in 2018 and has never looked back!

Outside of work, Julia likes to spend her free time attending concerts, traveling and being on the water. She also enjoys viewing wildlife in their natural habitat. If it’s a rainy lazy day she is usually relaxing with her pets and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her enormous family. She currently lives in Seattle with her 3 year old Korean Jindo, Nari who was rescued from the Korean dog meat trade.

Julia Z grew up in Yucaipa, California and volunteered at an animal shelter throughout high-school and college. After moving to Washington in 2016, she started working at Banfield Pet Hospital in Bellevue. A year later she became a Veterinary Assistant and found her passion was working with animals! She is planning to attend the Veterinary Technician program at San Juan College in order to further her education in the field.

Julia moved from Redmond to Renton and lives with her boyfriend, their kitty, Luca, and German Shepherd, Kenobi. Luca was a stray kitten found on the streets and she decided to take him in. He loves to hide under blankets and be lazy most days. Kenobi was a birthday present and has become one of her biggest challenges as he is very stubborn, but can be adorably sweet.

Julia was excited to become part of the AHoF team when she realized the shared compassion and commitment to the care of animals. Even though she is one of the newer members, she is excited for the opportunity to work along side an amazing team with wonderful owners and their sweet companions.

Sam grew up loving animals. She has owned and cared for cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and bunnies her whole life. It didn’t occur to her until she after she had graduated from high school and had to take her own pets to the vet, that working with animals was going to be her career. She started her schooling at Pima Medical Institute where she completed their Veterinary Technician program. In 2012, she passed the VTNE and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has loved almost every day of her career choice. There is nothing that she loves more than animals and she very is passionate about top-notch patient care.

Sam’s dog is a Pekingese/Pomeranian named Sergio. He was surrendered as puppy because he had Parvo. She nursed him back to health and he soon became her very best friend. She adopted him seven years ago and he has not left her side since. In Sam’s free time she enjoys hiking with Sergio, going to concerts, traveling the world, and wine tasting in her favorite place, Lake Chelan.

Sam is excited to be working at AHoF with this amazing team and can’t wait to see what the future holds.!

Samantha grew up in the Renton area and has lived in Washington since 2001. She and her husband now reside in Kent with their cat Celia Cruz, named after one of her favorite Latin singers. She has always had a great love for animals and knew from a young age she wanted to do more with them and for them.

Samantha studied at PIMA Medical Institute and graduated in 2017 with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She Joined the AHoF team in September 2019 and loves helping animals!

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband Miguel, watching movies and going to the gym. She also enjoys Pinterest, DIY projects, cooking for her family, and cuddling with Celia. Celia is the first cat she has owned and she is one of the best things in Samantha's life. She also cares for her 9 year old Chihuahua, Chispita, who lives with her parents. Samantha cannot imagine her life without her family's pets or working in the veterinary field!

Angeline has lived in Washington all her life and currently lives with her three Chihuahuas and a stray cat that comes to visit. She has always loved animals but grew interest in working with them after caring for strays in Mexico while visiting family.
In 2021, she attended PIMA Medical Institute and earned her Veterinary Assistant Certificate while working at a small general practice. She knew the veterinary field was the right choice for her when assisted in her first C-section and held the newborn puppies.
On her own time she enjoys drawing, painting, being outdoors, and watching true crime. She also loves doing yoga with her senior Chihuahuas, Samantha, Kaifa, and Papi.
Angeline joined AHOF November of 2023 and is glad to have found such a great team!

Saresa was born and raised in Washington state and knew at a very young age she wanted to work helping animals. Starting out in 1998 she worked for many years as an assistant while working with small animals, some exotics, and learning her passion for small animal dentistry. After obtaining her VTNE in 2008 she expanded her experience with working in specialties such as ophthalmology and surgery and gained deeper knowledge in anesthesia.

She found her way to AHOF at first in 2009 and worked there before moving to Florida to further her husband's career. There she continued her veterinary technician work. When she moved back to Washington to start her family she returned to AHOF and enjoys very much being able to contribute with her passions in dentistry and client education. She finds true fulfillment in connecting with clients and helping them learn how to take the best care of their furry family members.

In her free time, she enjoys her family with her husband, 2 boys, and their 16-year-old Shih-Tzu mix-Texan. They have fun getting outdoors with camping, boating, and playing sports like baseball, basketball as well as +sprint care racing.

Mai was born and raised in Vietnam for 16 years before moving to New York. From being a dog handler, shelter volunteer, a veterinary assistant, and a pet owner, she learned that helping animals and their families is “normal” for her. Prior to joining AHOF, Mai worked as an emergency veterinary assistant. She is happy to be a part of AHOF because she sees that everyone helps each other to make your pet a priority. “One team one fight” is a quote Mai uses to describes AHOF.
Besides advocating for animal welfare, Mai is also vegan. Her love for animals started when she brought Kit Kat (the cutest apricot miniature poodle) home 12 years ago. She and Kit Kat have lived in Vietnam, been to Toronto, New York, New Jersey, D.C, California, Oregon and Washington. Currently, Mai lives in Lynnwood with her partner, Kit Kat and Grizzly (a 1-year-old fuzzy chocolate Labrador that we adopted from Seattle Humane).
Mai is pursuing her bachelors in biology at the University of Washington (Bothell). She is interested in small animal therapeutic nutrition and planning to apply to veterinary school. Mai is also interning with an equine doctor in Snohomish, where she also ride horses. On Sundays, she and her partner volunteer at the Young Marines.

Erika was born and raised in the Fairwood area of Renton, WA and has always had a love for animals. After college, she spent a few months working at a boarding facility in Bellevue before heading down to the Palm Springs area for a couple of years, where she found her first job as a veterinary assistant. She quickly learned that she loved the field and wanted to continue her career when she moved back to Washington. She found a veterinary hospital in Seattle that allowed her to expand her knowledge in medicine and patient care as a veterinary assistant, and also learned part of the business side as the medical record auditor and helping with administrative work. She joined Animal Hospital of Factoria in September of 2021 as the Assistant Practice Manager and has quickly come to love her coworkers and all the patients she gets to work with.

Erika and her husband moved back to Fairwood after getting married and having kids. They all love hanging out with their dogs, Colbie and Kylo. They also love watching movies, taking walks around the area, and exploring nearby getaways.

Mattie was born and raised in Missouri. She has always loved animals and took a summer job while in college at a small animal hospital and loved it so much she made it into her career. Since that time, she has worked in both general practice and small animal emergency. Mattie loves being able to provide important medical care to patients and interact with their families, as she understand how important they are to their humans.

When Mattie visited her family in the Pacific Northwest 2 years ago, she fell in love with the area, so she never left. She made the move with the love of her life, Roman, her 7-year-old Golden Retriever and has settled in and feels at home.

The majority of Mattie’s free time is spent with Roman, doing some of his favorite activities which include hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, and longboarding. While not spending time with Roman, she enjoy reading, running, and baking.

Stacy grew up in the Seattle area and was always surrounded by her beloved childhood pets. After graduating from the University of Washington, she started working in the veterinary field on a whim. She received her veterinary technician license around 2005 and hasn’t looked back since.
When Stacy is not at work, you can most certainly find her at the barn with her horse, Kaos. They enjoy training regularly in preparation for jumping competitions. When time permits, Stacy is an avid traveler but also enjoys hiking with her husband and their shepherd mix, Ben. On those blustery rainy Pacific Northwest days you can find Stacy curled up on the couch with a good book snuggling her three cats.
Stacy joined AHoF in 2023 and is excited to be a part of this amazing team!

Jackie moved from NYC to Seattle to attend school. She has a love for nature and animals, so Washington was the perfect place. She loves the nature and gorgeous mountain views that our state has to offer. She has been in the veterinary field for 5 years, with experience in both general practice and emergency medicine. Her goal is to attend Washinton State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine to further her career in the veterinary field.
When she’s not at work, you can find her hiking, camping and spending time outdoors with her two dogs. Zeke, is a 3 year old Shih Tzu mix and Logan, is a 5 year old Weimaraner. She also has two, 6 year old Mosaic sugar gliders.

Asmita was born and raised in Maharashtra, India. She has always had an aptitude for science and a love for animals because she grew up with family pets. She earned her Associate Degree in Microbiology from Indian University. After she moved to the United States in 2011 with her family, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She completed the veterinary assistant program from Pima Medical Institute in 2018. After working in the field for a couple of years, she decided to go back to Pima and earned her Veterinary Technician License in 2022. After gaining more experience in small animal practices and emergency medicine, she joined AHoF in April 2023.
Asmita loves caring for animals and believes that getting into veterinary medicine has the best thing she could have done. She currently lives in Duvall with her husband, daughter, two golden retrievers (Emma and Joey) and a cavalier (Phoebe). Outside of work, she enjoys cooking for her family and hosting friends. She also enjoys taking all her dogs on walks, watching television with her family and participating in cultural activities.
Asmita is excited about joining the AHoF team and hopes to continue to grow in her knowledge and understanding of veterinary medicine.

Tessa is a Seattle area native and grew up loving and caring for every type of animal from guppies to puppies. Her love of four legged creatures lead her to spend two years, while in high school, volunteering at the Everett Animal Shelter as a dog walker. While working at the shelter she adopted her heart dog, Sookie who had many health issues. This experience sparked her interest in veterinary medicine at the young age of 15. She found great joy in improving Sookie’s quality of life by supporting her various medical conditions. They spent eleven years together, five of which consisted of Sookie being the emotional support animal at their previous veterinary hospital.

In 2014 Tessa attended Pima Medical Institute where she completed the veterinary technician program and obtained her Veterinary Technician license in 2016. Throughout the years she has developed a fondness for patients that are shy and need a little extra TLC to gain their trust. Having worked previously at other practices with several of the Doctors that are now at AHoF Tessa is excited to be supporting them with patient care at this wonderful veterinary practice.

Tessa currently reside in Everett with her husband, Wes and young son, Henry. They love and adore their two dogs Cricket the Chihuahua and Raylan their Labrador mix.

David moved to Washington 3 years ago and it is no surprise that he has no plans to leave. Having been ranch-raised in Oklahoma, horses and small animals are part of his DNA. David claims that one of the best events in his life is the opportunity to be part of the AHoF team. Meeting and connecting with owners and patients are one of the perks of the job and comes very naturally to him.

When David is not greeting our wonderful clients, he is managing his engineering consulting business. He loves all kinds of outdoor activities and recently became a certified personal fitness trainer. David is a father of 6 wonderful humans and a grandfather as of 2023.

Saa came to Seattle as a refugee from the war in Liberia. Growing up, animals were a part of his life and he always felt connected to them, especially during times of instability within his country. When he came to the U.S., it felt only natural for him to work with dogs and cats. Saa has worked as a Kennel Attendant at AHoF since 2006, just a few weeks after he arrived in the United States. He appreciates the bond that he creates with the pets who board at AHoF, and he loves getting to know their different personalities.

Saa proudly attended Green River Community College and obtained his GED in 2011, despite English being his second language. After accomplishing that goal, he went on to attend PIMA Medical Institute and got his Medical Assistant certification. Working at AHoF has allowed Saa to build a house for his family back in Liberia. He enjoys volunteering at his church and spending time with his wife and two children. Saa is a fixture at AHoF and we don't know what we'd do without him!